As I admitted in the Large Print Editions blog post (January 2018), it’s my habit to read in bed and usually, after ten to fifteen minutes of reading, my eyes get a little tired and sometimes I wake to find the book resting on my face. It can take me a long time to read a book from cover to cover.
So when I pulled together the titles I’ve read, started, and dipped in and out of in 2018, I was surprised by the size of my “year of books” pile – sixteen! And a few titles are “missing” from my bookshelf photo because I’ve loaned them to friends to read.
Rather than write sixteen synopses here are extracts from the reviews I published on TallAndTrue.com during the year or comments I posted to social media.
NB. Click on a cover photo to learn more about a book or buy it from Amazon.com.au.
Bluebottle by Belinda Castles
Some books are page-turners – Bluebottle was more than that for me. I would beat my alarm in the morning and reach for the book for the joy of reading a chapter before getting up to start the day. Belinda Castles’ flowing narrative, well-crafted characters and underlying dark suspense had me hooked until the last page.
Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason
A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall
The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes
Mini Style Guide by Denise O’Hagan
A Roman Death by Joan O’Hagan
The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins
Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills
The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn
Best Australian Political Cartoons 2018 edited by Russ Radcliffe
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
Theft By Finding by David Sedaris
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen
On the Blue Train by Kristel Thornell
The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming Yi
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, it can take me a long time to finish a book, which is why I’m surprised I read at least one book a month in 2018. Will I exceed this total in 2019? Well, I do have a good starting pile of books from Xmas for the new year!
© 2019 Robert Fairhead
Welcome to the blog posts and selected writing of a middle-aged dad and dog owner. Robert Fairhead is writer and editor at Tall And True, an online showcase and forum for writers, readers and publishers. His book reviews and other writing have appeared in various print and online media. And he has published two collections of short stories, Both Sides of the Story (2020) and Twelve Furious Months (2021).